TAMPA — Jordan Montgomery isn’t sure where he’ll fit into the Yankees’ plans this season, because they are set to enter spring training with five starters.
But the 27-year-old, who returned from Tommy John surgery in September, knows if he stays healthy, he’ll likely have a role in The Bronx at some point.
“Things always happen, so the more arms you have, the better,’’ Montgomery said Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “I’ve got to be ready.”
Montgomery went 9-7 with a 5.88 ERA in 2017, but made just two starts in 2018 before needing surgery and just two appearances last September.
Another arm that could factor into their rotational depth is Clarke Schmidt, the Yankees’ 2017 first-round pick, who spent time at three levels last season, reaching Double-A Trenton, where he had a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings over three starts. It will be Schmidt’s first time in major league camp.
Schmidt was among the 19 non-roster players invited to spring training on Monday.
Domingo Acevedo was also invited, as well as several other right-handers with major league experience: Dan Otero, Nick Tropeano and David Hale. Left-handers Luis Avilan and Tyler Lyons…